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Spring Drought Bad- and Getting Worse Daily in Southwestern Oklahoma

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 7:14:39 CDT

Spring Drought Bad- and Getting Worse Daily in Southwestern Oklahoma Drought conditions are growing stronger in much of Oklahoma- and Tom Buchanan, current Vice President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- says he has never seen it this dry at this time of year in southwest Oklahoma. Buchanan, who has farmed for thirty years and also manages the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District in southwestern Oklahoma, told us at the State Capitol on Wednesday that there is little hope for wheat anywhere in the southwest quarter of the state, even if rains arrive this coming weekend.

He is also very concerned about spring planted crops, saying if the drought keeps its grip on the state, it will be too dry to germinate any crop- and make the planting of anything in the region a high risk gamble. Buchanan says that most farmers who get water from the irrigation district use it to supplement rains as they grow cotton. The dryness of the soil makes the planting of high priced cotton seed very risky, especially if we don't get moisture by mid May at the latest.

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Ron Hays talks with Tom Buchanan of Jackson County about drought and its impact on farming and Lake Altus
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